What a Chipotle Commercial Has In Common With My Two Favorite Films of the Year (So Far)

As some of you will remember, I was a film columnist and reviewer at Christianity Today from 2001 to 2009, and have made a few guest appearances there since then. A lot of history. A lot of learning. A lot of moviegoing. And a mountain of writing (around a thousand articles).

But I must say, revisiting CT in recent weeks I have been thrilled and dazzled by the work of editor Alissa Wilkinson and the team of ambitious writers with big ideas. (Case in point: Read Jackson Cuidon’s excellent reflections on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s film Don Jon.)

So I come back like somebody knocking on the door of a house where they lived for a decade, feeling a little awkward and nervous, only to find that… wow. I love what they’ve done with the place.

Today, at Christianity Today, I have the privilege of sharing about the two movies that have moved, inspired, and impressed me most this year so far. Many thanks to Alissa Wilkinson for the opportunity.

Here is “Nothing Better Than the Real Thing,”  my two-for-one review of Museum Hours and This is Martin Bonner… along with a few comments about, of all things, a Chipotle commercial.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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